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AHMAD ABU BAKAR & SURIANI SURATMAN: TANAH AIR (HOMELAND)

A PARALLEL PROJECT OF THE SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2016

Singapore Biennale 2016 Parallel Project The Private Museum AHMAD ABU BAKAR & SURIANI SURATMAN: TANAH AIR (HOMELAND)

This exhibition will showcase a new series of ceramic works, in which two established ceramic artists dialogue on the prominence of tanah (land) and air (water) as resources in one’s homeland. Ahmad Abu Bakar expresses his relationship with the land as a gift from Mother Nature and as a component of his identity, while Suriani Suratman addresses the importance and necessity of water in its form of rain and river, as a source of life and giving. Through the use of clay as a unified medium of artistic expression, the exhibition reflects the artists’ exploration of the shared historical origins of the region and the notion of the ‘homeland’ as a mirror to one’s identity.